The Government has decided that Sweden will join the multinational Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) programme in order to increase its capability to participate in peace-support operations.
"Membership of SALIS means that Sweden will increase its opportunities to participate in peace-support operations over long distances. It is an important step in being able to address the current lack of strategic air transport capability. This is a shortcoming we share with other European countries and it is positive that we can cooperate in finding solutions," says Minister for Defence Leni Bjorklund.
SALIS is a multinational arrangement between sixteen countries. The arrangement aims at providing the member states with access to strategic air transport capability in connection with peace-support and humanitarian operations. The term strategic transport refers to transport of heavy loads over long distances. The aircraft that SALIS member countries will have access to are An-124-100s, which can carry loads of up to 120 tonnes. In all, the programme deals with possible access to six aircraft. Two of these will be chartered by SALIS on a full-time basis, which provides rapid access to considerable transport capacity. An additional four aircraft will be available upon request. The current arrangement will be in effect for a three-year period.
Membership of SALIS means that Sweden will be able to pre-book flying time at a predetermined cost. Under the agreement, Sweden has reserved some 40 flying hours per year, but more time can be booked upon request.
The Government took a decision to sign the SALIS Partnership Cooperation Agreement at a cabinet meeting on 29 June.